Gun holder Jonathan Mukundi was furious wife Philomena Njeri was pregnant, had opened spare parts shop for lover. But an autopsy revealed she was not paged
By Shifa Mwihaki
Cute Philomena Njeri, who was recently shot thrice by her hubby before turning the Glock pistol on himself, desired the finer things in life since her high school days at Kerugoya Girls.
Little wonder later in life she had champagne for breakfast, was on endless holidays, hosted parties.
And it all started when the bubbly girl from Kirinyaga County joined Zetech University and while out clubbing, met Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga, a loaded spare parts dealer and tenderpreneur with interests in petroleum. Njeri did not think twice about marrying the hot-tempered licensed gun holder 12 years her senior. After all, she did not have to tarmac for elusive employment.
Njeri, a Johnnie Walker lover, was a party animal. That did not go down well with Mukundi, a miraa chewer who loved booze
Njeri managed Mukundi’s spare parts businesses in Nairobi before returning to their home squatting on a half acre in Kirigiti, Kiambu County. It took Mukundi seven years to construct his dream mansion, said a neighbour.
But their marriage and flashy lifestyle was dogged by myriad problems: Njeri, a Johnnie Walker lover, was a party animal. That did not go down well with Mukundi, a miraa chewer who loved booze.
He was even erecting an in-house pub-despite doctors warning him to go easy on the bottle. But worse still, with all their money and after 10 years together, siring children was a frustrating challenge.
Njeri wanted a family and was getting pissed off going home to their dozen assorted dogs
Mukundi, allegedly could not sire children, according to friends, but Njeri wanted a family and was getting pissed off going home to their 12 assorted dogs including German Shepherds and bulldogs, one of them called Bingo.
Domestic quarrels were not making matters easier: The couple argued endlessly about children with Mukundi suspecting Njeri was having a fling including a lover she was said to have opened a vehicle spare parts shops for.
I face the consequences that come with my decisions. I thought you should know
Njeri’s online life was a distillation of her high life and thoughts. On April 5, 2020 she wrote: ‘When it comes to my life, I make the decisions, I live it and I face the consequences that come with my decisions. I thought you should know.’
Later that month when the pandemic inspired curfews and lockdowns were ravaging businesses including Mukundi’s, she wrote under #TruthbombWednesday: ‘Most men are not running away from a great woman. They are running away from parts of themselves they are not willing to fix to deserve her.’
Njeri had begged ‘August be nice.’ August, the month of endless deaths was not
Their domestic tiffs saw them living apart for months on end. Actually, before Mukundi pumped three bullets into Njeri’s 30 year old head, she had just returned since leaving their matrimonial home in March-when she turned 30.
One neighbour recalled him mouthing how his marriage was taking him up the wall while Njeri had begged ‘August be nice.’ August, the month of endless deaths, accidents, fires and hurricanes was not.
It was the last time they were seen alive after going home, hugging and kissing
Friends said they met at a restaurant along Kiambu road to patch up their domestic issues and Njeri revealed she had gotten pregnant in the five months they lived apart. An autopsy, however, has indicated she was not paged. They left the venue separately and it was only later when Mukundi drove into a wall outside his home (as he often did when high like a kite) that he called Njeri to gas over and help.
It was the last time they were seen alive that August 3rd when they got into their home, hugging and kissing. Cops found the couple lying dead in bed-just as Mukundi had hinted to close friends something terrible was about to happen after his meeting with Njeri at the restaurant.